Lebron Fires Back at Lavar Ball Over Comments he Made about his Kids
By Brandon Simmons
It’s not everyday that your father becomes a media sensation and somehow riles the best basketball player in the world. However, Lavar Ball has seemed to accomplish that feat. Ball, father of UCLA Bruins star freshman Lonzo Ball, has been on a tear as of late criticizing NBA stars, both past and present, but his comments about the potential basketball careers of Lebron James’ kids might have gone too far. Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward took exception to some comments he made in regard to his own kids’ basketball skills, in which Ball implied they would succumb to the pressure of following their dad’s legacy. James immediately told ESPN that his family is not to be used as one of his verbal targets.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” James told reporters Tuesday, ironiclally, at the UCLA practice facility as the team was practicing during a road trip.
Last week, Lavar visited Chris Broussard’s podcast, “In the Zone with Chris Broussard”, and spoke on how James’ legacy would be too much for his sons to aspire to.
“The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good,” he explained. “They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old [Dell] Curry wasn’t no All-Star, he wasn’t cold. He could shoot the ball, though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn’t all that, that’s why he’s such a monster. You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.”
But Lebron was never feeling the analysis broken down by Lavar.
“This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
According to ESPN, James’ eldest son, Lebron, Jr., currently has verbal scholarship offers form Duke and Kentucky, while younger son, Bryce, is showing his talents on the AAU circuit. As mentioned earlier, Ball’s oldest son is Lonzo, a projected lottery pick in this year’s draft; his other two sons, LiAngelo and LiMelo are stars at Chino Hills High School in California.
No matter what is being said, nobody wants their kids to be criticized especially if they are under 18. This has nothing to do with the perception that our world is sensitive; Lebron is just trying to protect his kids from some nonsense that is sort of uncalled for. Any normal parent would have their foot knee deep in Lavar’s ass for talking about why their child would not be successful in anything. If Ball caught wind of someone saying his kids were overrated in basketball, he would be tearing that person a new one, just like he has done his sons’ high school coach after their team lost a playoff game. It was probably funny at first when he proclaimed his son to be better than Steph Curry, but now things are beginning to get corny and out of hand at the least.
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